NOAA: Above Average Precipitation in U.S. for September; South Much Cooler than Average, West Much Drier

October 10, 2008

September 2008 was the 49th warmest and 38th wettest on record for the contiguous United States, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., based on records dating back to 1895.

The average September temperature of 65.8 degrees F was 0.4 degree F above the 20th century average, based on preliminary data. Precipitation across the contiguous United States in September averaged 2.68 inches, which is 0.20 inch above the 1901-2000 average.

U.S. Temperature Highlights

September 2008 Statewide Temperature Ranks.
High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights

September 2008 Statewide Precipitation Ranks.
High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Other Highlights

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